ornate

[awr-neyt]
adjective
1.
elaborately or sumptuously adorned, often excessively or showily so: They bought an ornate Louis XIV sofa.
2.
embellished with rhetoric; florid or high-flown: an ornate style of writing.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin ornātus well-equipped, adorned, orig. past participle of ornāre to equip; see -ate1

ornately, adverb
ornateness, noun
unornate, adjective
unornately, adverb
unornateness, noun


1. showy, ostentatious; rich, lavish.
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ornate (ɔːˈneɪt)
 
adj
1.  heavily or elaborately decorated
2.  (of style in writing) overembellished; flowery
 
[C15: from Latin ornāre to decorate]
 
or'nately
 
adv
 
or'nateness
 
n

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ornate
1420, from L. ornatus "adorned," pp. of ornare "adorn, fit out," from stem of ordo "order" (see order). Earliest ref. is to literary style.
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Example sentences
Ornately dressed horses rival their riders' splendor.
Females are generally larger than males, but males are more ornately colored,
  ranging from dark green to lime-colored.
Its magnificently decorated houses have painted facades and ornately carved
  gables.
Standing beside her obese and ornately decorated husband, the queen looked tiny
  and fragile.
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